Memorial Day is a wonderful day of remembrance. On this holiday, many desire to spend time with family and friends. This unfortunately can be stressful for those who are responsible for giving a party or barbecue. The details of preparation can be too much. However, there are some things one can do to kick this holiday off with a bang and not stress yourself out completely.
First, decide on who will be joining you this celebration. Figure up the invites and those who have confirmed. Distinguish between how many people total and then note the number of adults and children that will be in attendance. Doing this will help you when shopping for items on your list. Create a shopping list, putting items into the following categories: menu items, paper goods, decor, and activities. Remember as you add items on your list, write the location you will go to shop. This will help simplify your shopping trip.
Next, you will go through each category, deciding on the items needed to complete your shopping for your barbecue. Start with the food menu for the event. Choose what type of foods to make. For instance, will you grill hamburgers or steak? Will you serve chips or decide to serve sides like slaw or beans? It all depends on your desire. But remember in shopping, to list all items, for instance, if hamburgers or hotdogs are on the menu, don’t forget items like the lettuce, tomato, cheese, and condiments. These specialty items can make guests enjoy the ability to fix their food, just the way they like. Also choose a dessert to serve. What would go best with the May heat, like a dump cake or creme pie. Then decide on the drink menu. Will it include sodas, tea, or water? Will you serve alcoholic beverages at this party? It all depends on the mood you want to create. Don’t forget the ice! When completing your list, add how much of each item is needed so there’s no guessing when you start to shop.
Now that you know what you’re serving, you can decide on your paper goods. Which plates will hold the type of food you’re serving? Do you need bowls? Be sure to supply the forks, knives and spoons if needed. Don’t forget the napkins and table cloths to help dress up your tables. Continue adding these items to your list.
What better way to get others in the festive mood than decorating your party. You can keep it simple with balloons, flags, streamers, colorful vases with flowers or even a string of lights to add more to the atmosphere. Whichever you choose, make note of where to get your items and add them to your list.
Before you begin shopping, be sure to decide on your activities for the day. If you have a swimming pool, you may not have too many more activities to provide. However, if you are in need of activities, look at the space you have to decide. Could you set up a volleyball net? Could you set up a game of horseshoes? Maybe purchase some hula-hoops and bubbles to keep the kids occupied. Remember to add any of these items to your list, plus miscellaneous things like lighters, charcoal or whatever else is needed.
There is a lot of freedom when throwing a party. No matter what you decide to do, being prepared is the key to preventing a lot of extra stress. Making a specific list of items, amounts and shopping locations will help you follow through on each task. You will be prepared and less stressed the day of your barbecue. Everyone will enjoy all the efforts you made in throwing a memorable Memorial Day barbecue!